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A Week in Review 01/25/17
Photo courtesy: White House Facebook

By Joseph Rios


Nigerian Trump rally turns violent An event in Nigeria where people showed Trump support turned violent when demonstrators fought with security forces. The rally was organized by a group in Biafra who said it backs Trump because he supports self-governance. The group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, said that 11 people died during the rally. However, a police spokesman in the area said that only tear gas was used and some people were injured during the fight.

U.S. targets Islamic State in Libya More than 80 members of the Islamic State were killed from a U.S. air strike in Libya, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Carter said the targets of the attack were planning attacks in Europe. The United States targeted military camps run by the Islamic State near the city of Sirte. The attack marked the first time stealth planes were used in Libya since 2011.


Bomb hits market in Pakistan - Twenty people were killed and 40 others injured when a bomb exploded at a market in the Pakistan city of Parachinar. Parachinar is a city that is home to a large number of people who identify as Shia Muslim. At the time of the attack the market was flooded with shoppers. The Pakistani Taliban took responsibility for the blast. The Pakistani Taliban said the attack was in response to “the killing of our associates.” The terror group said it would continue attacks on the Shia Muslim if they back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Judge denies the detainment of Samsung business leader - South Korean prosecutor’s attempt to arrest Samsung’s business leader was rejected by a South Korean judge. Prosecutors accused Samsung business leader Lee Jae-yong of bribery, embezzlement and perjury. Lee was accused of paying the government millions of dollars in order to gain support for a merger. The South Korean judge said he was turning down Lee’s possible arrest due to lack of evidence. Prosecutors said they would continue to investigate Lee’s role in South Korea’s political corruption scandal.


Turkey looks towards presidential system government - The Turkish parliament took steps towards creating a presidential system government by adding a new draft to its constitution. The reforms have critics concerned that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will have increased powers. Erdogan defended the reforms and said the Turkey president government system would resemble the United States government. The bill will be voted on in April and requires more than 50 percent approval to become official

Romania protests prisoners’ release - Protestors in Romania held demonstrations to protest government plans to release thousands of prisoners. Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said releasing the prisoners would help drop the prisons overcrowded population. Critics of Grindeanu have accused him of trying to release allies. Amongst those prisoners who would be released include numerous elected officials that were convicted of corruption. Grindeanu’s plan will be implemented through emergency decrees and would not require the signature of Romania President Klaus Lohannis.

Latin America

Royals pitcher killed in car accident Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash while in his home country, the Dominican Republic. Authorities are still gathering information about Ventura’s death. Dominican Republic patrol spokesman, Jacob Mateo said Ventura was found on a highway near the town of Juan Adrian. Ventura was a part of the 2015 Royals team that won the World Series.

Chile fights forest fires - Santiago, the capitol of the country, has declared a state of emergency due to devastating forest fires. Forest fires began a week ago and affected areas of Chile that were particularly dry. Over 1,000 troops and 500 firefighters have been fighting the forest fires that are called the worst in years. Chile President, Michelle Bachelet, said she has reached out to other countries for help.

North America

Women’s March makes waves across the country - Millions of women and men marched in cities such Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles and cities in between, like Denver, marched for women’s rights and against President Donald Trump. The marches were organized to create awareness for women’s rights. City officials estimated that 500,000 people came to the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Worldwide marches also took place in major cities.

Tornadoes cause chaos in southern states - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared that Georgia is officially in a state of emergency due to severe weather. Tornadoes in southern states have killed at least 18 people and injured others. The National Weather Service said it is expecting a tornado outbreak to hit parts of northern Florida and southern Georgia. State officials in Mississippi said that winds of a tornado reached a speed of 136 mph.





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